What is PMO? (Project Management Office) - Docket

What is PMO? (Project Management Office)

It is critical for everyone to make sure they are able to manage the numerous moving parts of their companies effectively. One of the ways to make this process more efficient is to use something called PMO, which stands for project management office. When it comes to using PMO effectively, there are a few critical points that everyone has to keep in mind.

What Is PMO?

As alluded to above, PMO stands for the project management office. This is a department that most large organizations have. The goal is to provide the necessary support for project managers and other project leaders, making sure they have the resources they need to run their projects effectively.

In order to run an effective project, the project management office will have to provide managers with the resources they need. One of the most important resources is people. There might be issues with team members from time to time. Some teams might need more people in order to carry out their intended purpose. This is where the project management office can be helpful.

Another way in which the project management office can be helpful is providing materials and equipment to project managers. Depending on the type of project, there could be added resources that project managers need in order to complete their tasks. It might be the responsibility of the PMO to make sure project management software is available.

In order to have effective PMO, it is critical for the project management office to provide the proper support in addition to being supported itself. To make this happen, there are a few other points that everyone should know what it comes to a project management office.

PMO Roles and Responsibilities

It is time to take a closer look at the numerous roles and responsibilities of a PMI. There are several aspects that are important to address when it comes to the project management office. First, the project management office needs to make sure that all of its processes are standardized. This means that teams need to use the same processes across the board because this adds to efficiency.

Next, the project management office will also have to maintain proper documentation. There is a saying that if it wasn’t documented then it didn’t happen. While it might be annoying for teams to document everything, this is important and it helps to protect not only the company but also the teams as well. A PMO will typically be responsible for choosing and maintaining any project management software team leaders will be required to use.

The project management office will also be responsible for coordinating communication between various teams and directors. Everyone has a busy schedule and it can be hard for teams to stay on the same page. This is where the project management office can be helpful. They can make sure that messages are communicated in an efficient manner.

Finally, the project management office is also going to be responsible for tracking various metrics. While this includes milestones that the project has to reach along the way, this also includes time and money. The project management office is responsible for making sure projects stay on budget as well as on task. If priorities need to be shifted in some way, then it could the PMO that is responsible for making this happen. This is one of the most important PMO functions.

The Difference Between PM and PMO

Finally, it is important to make sure that everyone is clear on the difference between a PM and a PMO. PMO stands for project management office whereas PM stands for the project manager. The easiest way to keep these two terms straight is to remember that the job of a PMO is to support the PM. In this manner, the goal of the PMO is not to replace the PM but instead make sure that the PM has the support that he or she needs.

It could be easier to take a look at the project management office as an operations function. In this manner, the project management office is responsible for handling the organization, processes, logistics, and communications of all processes related to the field of project management. In contrast, the project manager is still the person who is responsible for directing the individual project, taking its ownership, and is held responsible for either its success or its failure. Think of the project management office as an entity that is supposed to support the project manager.

Understand the Importance of a Strong Project Management Office

It is critical for every project to have a strong project management office to support it. There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to running an effective project, particularly as it pertains to an enterprise-level organization. All project managers need to have the support they need. This is where the PMO is important. The more people understand about how a project management office, the better the position they will be in to meet the high bar set for them by their superiors and their board.

About the Author

Heather Hansson

Heather is VP of Product and Chief of Staff at Docket. She enjoys leading cross-functional teams to work together on vision, strategy, and implementing solutions that help people work and live better. When she isn’t helping rid the world of wasteful meetings with Docket, Heather likes to run, take violin lessons with her son, and spend time with her family.

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